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European White-Collar CrimeExploring the Nature of European Realities$
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Nicholas Lord, Éva Inzelt, Wim Huisman, and Rita Faria

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529212327

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529212327.001.0001

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Labour Exploitation and Posted Workers in the European Construction Industry

Labour Exploitation and Posted Workers in the European Construction Industry

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(p.163) 10 Labour Exploitation and Posted Workers in the European Construction Industry
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European White-Collar Crime
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Jon Davies

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212327.003.0010

When considering what is ‘European’ about white-collar and corporate crime, this essay examines exploitative labour practices in the European construction industry, especially in relation to the notion of ‘posted workers’, which is a distinct EU phenomenon. Since employers arrange temporary posting of workers to another country under free movement of services rules, this leaves workers dependent on arrangements made by their employers, which exposes them to poor accommodation provisions, lower pay than local workers receive, as well as increased segregation from local populations. Companies often use worker posting as a way to avoid regulatory oversight, thereby reducing their own costs. Given that companies are in a prime position to mistreat employees and posted workers while worsening their workplace conditions, these distinctly European processes are relevant to contemporary discussions in corporate criminology, which may not traditionally view the harmful consequences of posted working as ‘crimes’.

Keywords:   Corporate crime, Labour exploitation, Construction industry, Posted workers, Employment rights

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